Injection Practices Research: a Multi Country DAP Study Gets under Way. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 011 (1991)
(1991; 1 page)


Numerous studies have shown that injections are often used to administer medications that could be administered orally. In developing countries, many unofficial practitioners give injections to patients. Additionally, a lack of health care personnel and high patient demand could result in misuse of injections in government health services. Injections also increase the risk of disease transmission due to the unhygienic use of needles. To improve the rational use of injections, more information needs to be available to practitioners and consumers. Therefore, the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs, in collaboration with EPI and GPA, launched studies in Indonesia, Senegal, and Ghana to answer questions surrounding rational injection use. Research plans were finalized at an informal workshop held in May 1990 in Geneva. The discussion at the workshop led to improved research protocols and gave preliminary insights into injection use throughout the world. A report of the workshop and the provisional protocol for the study were set to be made public shortly after the publication of the eleventh Essential Drugs Monitor. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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